If you're a superhero fan who's been wondering when queer characters in the television genre will get their happily ever after, look no further because The CW's Supergirl has delivered it faster than a speeding bullet. The show has provided us with the best #LGBT representation in a superhero series to date.
Early on in Season 2, we went on an inspiring journey of self-discovery with Alex Danvers. Her coming out immediately captured the hearts of viewers and was met with wide praise. It echoed many of our own stories, making us feel less alone. It even encouraged many fans to come out themselves. (As a fan myself I know I've never related to anyone as much as Alex.)
Since the arrival of Maggie Sawyer on the episode "Welcome To Earth," fans anticipated a romance between her and Alex and now is an awesome time to be a "Sanvers" shipper, because they are finally a couple!
"Life is too short. We should be who we are, and we should kiss the girls that we want to kiss."
The recent inauguration has made a nightmare come true for many Americans, myself included. However, Alex and Maggie have provided us with the perfect story to celebrate love and give us much needed hope for the future. Let's look at why this relationship is so important for today's media (and in general).
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They Are Treated As The Strong Women They Are
It's no secret that queer women have had awful depictions in media. They are often portrayed alongside harmful stereotypes, cheating and worse — getting killed off. #Supergirl completely abandons these stereotypes and treats their queer characters the way they should. Before Alex realized she was gay, she was established as a caring, badass DEO agent who defined fearlessness. Her coming out in "Crossfire" gave us more insight into her life and who she is.
Maggie Sawyer wasn't just created for Supergirl — she has had a long history in the comic book world. It's important to know that she is one of the first openly lesbian characters to appear in a mainstream comic. The struggle with her sexuality was even focused on in Superman #15 (1988). Throughout the years, she never let her sexuality define her, and her strength rose above all. Maggie's bravery and confidence in the comics have been tremendously recreated for Supergirl.
Their Relationship Is Given Depth
Often in media, queer characters are only given minor appearances, not to mention that their romances are either rarely developed or totally nonexistent. However, Supergirl's lesbian couple is in the limelight, and will continue as such for the rest of Season 2. Monday's winter premiere, "Supergirl Lives," was their first appearance as an official couple. They were also given a main storyline. One of the best parts of the episode was Alex's adorable giddiness over her woman:
It's nice to finally see Alex be happy, proud and live her life. Maggie and everyone she is close to will be there every step of the way.
Keep in mind, this relationship isn't simply important for being queer — it's a fun, healthy relationship that's being depicted, too. They are not defined by their sexual orientation. Alex and Maggie have a genuine connection that is filled with endearment and trust. They just get each other. In the recent premiere, Maggie showed Alex her expert detective skills when revealing her knowledge of Supergirl's identity. They immediately established to never keep secrets, demonstrating their flawless communication once again. As displayed throughout the current season, they will always risk their lives for each other, come what may.
The Show's Team Wants Them To Triumph
The entire team of Supergirl truly wants this relationship to thrive, and they have been adamant with expressing it. Executive producer, Andrew Kreisberg told Entertainment Weekly:
“The important thing is that we’re committed to this relationship and we’re committed to seeing it grow, change, blossom, and struggle, but also get stronger, deeper and more loving as we go forward. I don’t think people need to worry that suddenly this relationship is going to go by the wayside. It’s going to have it’s ups and downs, but we’re committed to Alex and Maggie — we’re as committed to Alex and Maggie as the audience is."
Chyler Leigh often takes to social media to discuss the outpouring of love that her and Floriana Lima have received from fans, and it's extremely heartwarming.
Sanvers Has Created An Uplifting Movement
Fans share stories everyday on how the couple has made them stronger. To make it more meaningful, Leigh and Lima are always around to listen and show appreciation for their admirers.
It was recently announced that Sanvers' romance would be the central focus of Supergirl's Valentine's Day episode. Here's what EW had to say about the blossoming lovebirds:
Alex (Chyler Leigh) is super excited for her first Valentine’s Day with a girlfriend, but Maggie (Floriana Lima) is not keen on the Hallmark holiday, which leads to their first real fight. But Maggie will make it up to Alex by recreating a special night — note the corsage on her arm!
Further details on the hour, like who else might be spending the holiday together, are being kept under wraps, but the Valentine’s Day episode will air on Feb. 20.
Just when we thought they couldn't get any cuter! I already know I'm going to be an emotional wreck when this episode airs.
As Leigh said, Supergirl is more than just TV series — it's a radiation of love, acceptance and a celebration of peoples' differences. Its powerful messages are changing lives with every episode, and that's exactly what makes this show so super. Thinking of this queer relationship's impact never fails to bring tears to my eyes. When life, or the world, may not be going right, think of that impact yourself. Sanvers is a source of strength. Alex and Maggie remind us to always be ourselves and never give up, because it will get better.
Supergirl soars to The CW on Mondays at 8/7c.
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